This practice has been used for thousands of years in China.  It is believed that the placenta can be a potent medicine for women who just gave birth to help restore Qi and Blood that was lost during labour.   It is also used as a preventative medicine for postpartum depression.  How can it prevent post partum depression?  Well in Chinese Medicine it is believed that the placenta has powerful substances that strengthen the essence in the women’s body, thus raising her spirit, energy and strength.  Because the placenta is made by the women, it is the perfect medicine for her.


The BENEFITS of Placenta Encapsulation are:

• The capsules are clean, safe, easy to digest, swallow and stomach!

• The placenta is rich with vitamins and minerals that may help fight postpartum depression.

• The placenta is considered rich in iron and protein, which is beneficial to women recovering from childbirth, and specifically to vegetarian women.

• Encapsulation is the optimum choice for ingestion and preservation.

• Increase general energy and fight fatigue.

• Increase production of breast milk.

• Decrease the likelihood of baby blues and Postpartum Depression.

• Decrease the likelihood of iron deficiency.

• Decrease the likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders.

• Lessen postpartum bleeding and hasten the return of the uterus to pre-pregnancy state.

• Allow a quicker return to health after birth.

• Benefit both mother and child by gently returning the nutrients lost during childbirth and allowing time and space for the sacred separation of the child’s lifeline.

• Encapsulation maintains the warmth and energy of the live tissue. According to TCM, blending or masticating the placenta imparts negative energy into the tissue.

The placenta is composed of some amazing hormones including:

  • Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Prolactin: promotes lactation
  • Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
  • Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
  • Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
  • Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections
  • Oxytocin: for pain relief and bonding of mother and infant
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
  • Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
  • Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections

This Medicine can be prepared by a Doula, Chinese Medicine Practitioner or Family member that is up for it.   Here is a link to a website with step by step instructions on how to prepare it.

Happy Transition Times Mamas!!